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Abhorsen Update
The third book in the Sabriel/Lirael cycle, Abhorsen is due for publication in February 2003. If you can't wait, you can read some sample chapters on Garth's web site.
(23/06/02)

Garth Returns to Full-time Writing
As of the beginning of the year 2002, Garth Nix is no longer an agent, but a full time writer. He has now left Curtis Brown, and his clients have been taken over by Tara Wynne, who is now full time at Curtis Brown Australia.
(23/06/02)

Lirael Wins Best Novel Ditmar
Garth Nix's young adult fantasy Lirael has been awarded the Australian SF ("Ditmar") Award for Best Novel of 2001. The award was announced at Convergence, the 41st National Australian Science Fiction Convention, at a ceremony on 09-June.
(23/06/02)

Nix and Williams Guests at SWF
This year's Sydney Writers' Festival (Monday May 27th to Sunday June 2nd 2002), will feature both Adelaide's Sean Williams and Sydney local Garth Nix.

As described on its website, the Sydney Writers' Festival 2002 is a "week-long annual celebration of reading and writing featuring published writers across genre and form from across Australia and around the world". In their efforts to "reflect the range of writing from literary and popular fiction, poetry, screenwriting, journalism to serious non-fiction", and no doubt in support of their belief that "by representing the work of young writers and cutting-edge topics, [the Festival] should be attractive to young audiences and create new audiences for writing as well as attracting and consolidating established literary audiences", they've chosen to add Adelaide's pop culture guru Kirsty Brooks—along with lesser-known partner Sean Williams and fellow Australian genre powerhouse Garth Nix—to this year's guest list. (Others Festival guests include genre writers Kate Forsyth, Sophie Masson, Felicity Pulman, Venero Armanno, Cecilia Dart-Thornton and Anna Fienberg, and genre illustrator Kim Gamble.)

Sean and Garth will both be participating in the Seymour Theatre Centre School Program which involves teaching workshops and "meet the writer" sessions, and Sean will be helping to judge the "Can You Survive the Drive?" short fiction competition.

Some 90% of events have no entry charge, and the Festival takes in venues across the city. For more information, email the SWF.

(24/04/02)

Garth Nix Homesite Renewal
A long-overdue technical overhaul has brought Garth Nix's homesite into the twenty-first century, just in time for the release of his long-awaited sequel to Sabriel.

Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr, the second in what will now be a trilogy to finish with Abhorsen, is available in a special library binding from HarperCollins in the US and is due very soon in mass-market Hardcover, as well as locally from Allen & Unwin Australia. Impatient Sabriel fans can read the prologue, the first three chapters and the beginning of part two through the updated homesite.

(07/04/01)

Nix's long-awaited Lirael due in March
Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr (pb, 444pp, $16.95), sequel to Garth Nix's acclaimed Sabriel, will be a March 2001 paperback from Allen and Unwin Children's line.

According to the press release "Lirael is a spellbinding tale of discovery, destiny and danger from an exceptional fantasy talent."

Lirael, daughter of the Clayr, is set apart from her kin because she lacks the gift of Sight. Working alone in the Great Library in their icy mountain home, she has perfected powers of Charter Magic that few can match, but still she yearns to claim her birthright.

Prince Sameth, son of the great Abhorsen Sabriel, has been trained from birth in the arts of necromancy—trained to combat the Dead. But duty weighs heavily on him, and he longs to escape his destiny.

Now an ancient evil is stirring. Necromancers and their Shadow Hands are abroad once more in the Old Kingdom. Lirael and Sameth, with their eccentric companions, the Disreputable Dog and Moggett, find their paths converging in a desperate mission to protect the Royal Family, the Clayr, even the boundary between Life and Death itself. What strange secret links their fate, and can they find the courage and self-knowledge to fulfil their destiny?
Allen and Unwin will be re-releasing the award-winning Sabriel to coincide with the publication of its sequel.

(27/01/01)

Genre Authors at BWF 2000
A number of Australian genre authors including Garth Nix, Isobelle Carmody, Cory Daniells and George Turner prizewinners Tansy Ranyer Roberts and Maxine McArthur, will be appearing as guests of the Brisbane Writer's Festival, at the Queensland Cultural Centre and other venues around the city from 18 – 22 October, 2000.

The extensive list of over 130 guests also includes authors Gillian Rubinstein, Peter Carey, Gary Crew and Venero Armanno alongside novelists and writers from all fields of literature, journalists in all media, poets, playwrights, traditional indigenous storytellers, academics, editors, publishers, literary agents, art directors, politicians, visiting authors from the UK and China, a handful of secondary school students, a graffiti expert, cartoonist Michael Leunig, actor Bryan Brown and Rob Serduik from the local genre bookshop Pulp Fiction.

According to the organisers, "the BWF prides itself on producing a program that embraces as many forms of writing as possible, bringing together an eclectic range of writers addressing issues and topics that stir the hearts and minds of participants and audiences alike."

"The 2000 program will embrace writing and reading in all their forms and explore the places where literature and other artforms meet.

"BWF is a festival that entertains, moves and stimulates. It is an event that is continually evolving and expanding. Most of all it is fun."

The festival opens at 7:00pm on Wednesday 18 October with a $77/head black tie "Gala Awards Dinner" at the Convention and Exhibition Centre.


(14/10/00)

Nix Sells to Fantasy & Science Fiction
Garth Nix has sold new fantasy short story "Under the Lake" to Gordon Van Gelder at The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. "Under the Lake" is Garth's first short story sale to a US magazine.
(27/03/00)

Garth Nix to Write Fantasy Series for Scholastic & Lucasfilm
Garth Nix will write The Seventh Tower, a new children's fantasy series for Scholastic and Lucasfilm. Nix is to write the first six books in the series, and will create the overall story and characters. He has completed the first two books in the series, and the first, The Fall, will be published in June 2000.

Garth Nix to Write Fantasy Series for Scholastic and Lucasfilm


SCHOLASTIC AND LUCASFILM JOIN FORCES TO CREATE A NEW BOOK SERIES FOR YOUNG READERS

THE SEVENTH TOWER WILL BE LAUNCHED ON JUNE 5, 2000

This summer, two leaders, one in the area of children's publishing and the other in the area of fantasy and filmmaking, will combine forces to launch The Seventh Tower, a new children's book series. Scholastic, the publisher of Harry Potter and Animorphs, and Lucasfilm, the creators of Star Wars and Indiana Jones, will publish The Seventh Tower, a fantasy series under a newly-created LucasBooks imprint. The Seventh Tower, written by Garth Nix, with the first title, The Fall (Scholastic; June 2000; $4.99; Ages 8-12) will be on sale in stores on June 5, 2000. A second book will follow in September with additional titles to follow every three months thereafter.

"I'm pleased that LucasBooks, in collaboration with Scholastic, is expanding into an exciting new realm of fantasy with The Seventh Tower," said George Lucas. "I've always believed that reading encourages children of all ages to use their imagination, and I hope that the adventure that unfolds in The Seventh Tower series will take readers on a new journey of the mind."

"We are thrilled to join LucasBooks in this venture," said Barbara Marcus, president of Scholastic Books. "Lucasfilms' extraordinary ability to create new worlds, combined with Scholastic's established expertise in publishing new successful series in the children's market, make this partnership an exciting venture."

The Seventh Tower is a tale of a mountaintop fortress where light is the ultimate commodity and isolation from the outside world is complete. One day, Tal, the main character, tries to steal a precious sunstone, the only way of assuring his family's position among the Chosen people of The Seventh Tower. His desperate attempt fails, and Tal falls from the castle'straight into the unknown.

Garth Nix is an acclaimed writer for children and young adults. His novel Sabriel was an ALA Notable Book. Shade's Children, was named a 1998 Best Book for Young Adults (ALA) and a "Pick of the Lists" (ABA). A resident of Australia, he was the winner of the Aurealis Award for Excellence in Australian Science Fiction. The Seventh Tower is Garth Nix's first book series.

To launch the series, Scholastic and LucasBooks have developed a comprehensive marketing campaign including a distinctive web site, www.seventhtower.com, launching in April, a national advertising campaign, one million special Seventh Tower teaser booklets to be distributed directly to children, a toll free number, 1-800-938-1914, will be established for readers to hear more information about The Seventh Tower.

LucasBooks is the publishing imprint of Lucasfilm Ltd. Drawing upon Lucasfilm's rich creative culture, LucasBooks appeals to readers of all ages with books, comics, and magazines based on perennials such as Star Wars and Indiana Jones as well as newly developed fiction and non-fiction material.

Lucasfilm Ltd. is one of the leading film and entertainment companies in the world. Lucasfilm's businesses include George Lucas' film and television production and distribution activities as well as the business activities of the THX Group. Lucasfilm's feature films have won 17 Oscars and received 56 Academy Award nominations, and its television projects have won 12 Emmy Awards.

Scholastic Corporation is a global children's publishing and media company with a reputation for quality education and fun. Building long-term relationships with teachers, parents and children since 1920, Scholastic has the unique ability to understand what kids want and need. The Company's innovative educational materials - children's books, textbooks, professional materials, magazines and technology - give Scholastic a strong position in schools. Through its unparalleled school-based distribution - book clubs and fairs, where Scholastic is the world leader - kids purchase books and software to use at home. The Company's magazines, software, television programming, retail and direct-to-home sales further strengthen Scholastic's presence in the home. Internationally, Scholastic operates wholly-owned companies in Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Hong Kong and India.

(08/02/00)

Garth Nix Joins Curtis Brown as Literary Agent
Garth Nix has joined the staff of Curtis Brown (Australia) as a part-time literary agent following the acquisition of the Hickson Associates literary agency by Curtis Brown.

Garth Nix has joined the staff of Curtis Brown (Australia) as a part-time literary agent following the acquisition of the Hickson Associates literary agency by Curtis Brown. Nix will initially be working on the integration of the two agencies as well as assisting Curtis Brown agents Fiona Inglis and Tim Curnow. Nix is also looking to develop a small group of clients, and is interested in SF and fantasy that he can sell in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the US (through associate, Scovil Chichak Galen).

The new appointment places Nix, who is represented by Curtis Brown in Australia and Scovil Chichak Galen in the US in an unusual position of being some days an agent and on some days a client. It's a situation that is not completely unfamiliar to Nix, who spent some years working as an author and as an editor for HarperCollins Australia.

Photo of Garth Nix
Photo by Norman Nicholls

Garth Nix is a novelist and literary agent. A former editor at HarperCollins Australia and partner at Gotley Nix Evans Pty Ltd, he is the author of The Ragwitch, Sabriel and Shade's Children. His has two novels set in the same world as Sabriel due for publication, Lirael and Daughter of the Clayr.


(25/05/99)


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